MPSC Main - History Syllabus

Published on: Mar 16, 2010

Paper I

Standard : Degree Total Marks : 200
Nature of Paper : Conventional Type Duration : 3 Hours



Note : 1) Answers to this paper must be written in English only
  2) This paper will test the candidate's ability to comprehend, to analyse, to interpret, to criticise and to appraise subject matter related to the topics/sub- topics mentioned below.
  3) For judging candidates' conceptual understanding, appropriate number of numerical problems will be asked.
  4) It is expected from candidates to study the latest and recent developments and happenings pertaining to the topics/sub- topics mentioned below.



Section - A (Marks : 50)
1) Sources of ancient Indian history.
Archaeological Sources;
Literary Sources : (a) Indigeneous, (b) Foreign accounts.
2) Indus valley civilization : its origin, nature and decline.
3) Vedic period : Migrations and settlements, Evolution of Social and Political institutions, religious and philosophical ideas, rituals and practices.
4) Mahajanpadas; Rise of Magadha; the Mauryan empire, its nature.
Jainism and Buddhism.
Ashoka and his Dhamma.
Section - B ( Marks : 50 )
5) Post-Mauryan Period in Northern and peninsular India; Kushanas, Shakas and Satavahanas. Sangam age, Mahayana Buddhism, contacts with outside world.
6) India in the Gupta and post-Gupta period : Nature of polity under the Guptas, Vakatakas, Vardhanas, Chalukyas and Pallavas; origin and growth of samanta system, social conditions, religious developments, Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Cave and Temple architecture, sculpture, paintings with focus on Maharashtra.
7) India, 750-1200 : Politico-economic structure in the North and South India; the Gurjara-Pratiharas, the Pallvas, Imperial Cholas, the Rashtrakutas and their contemporaries in peninsular India; village community in the Deccan and South; Condition of women; commerce, mercantile groups and guilds; proliferation of castes.
Arab conquest of Sindh-its significance.
8) India, 750-1200 - Literature : Historical and Political thought - Kalhana, Medhatithi, Somdev Suri and Vishwarup. Scientific and technical literature; System of education, Religion and Philosophy; growth of Bhakti movement. Shankaracharya and Ramanuj. Art and architecture - styles of temples and sculptures.
Section - C ( Marks : 50 )
9) Political Developments (13th to 18th Century) : The Sultanate; regional powers. Foundation of Mughal empire; its expansion since Akbar to Aurangzeb.
Decline and disintegration of Mughal empire.
10) Political Developments in South India. The Vijayanagara and the Bahamanis - rise, expansion and disintegration.
The Maratha movement, foundation of Swaraj by Shivaji, its expansion under the Peshwas, Maratha Confederacy, causes of decline of Maratha Power.
11) Administration : Administration under the Sultanate; civil, judicial, revenue, fiscal and military; Shershah's administrative Reforms; Mughal administration, Land Revenue and other sources of income; Mansabdari and Jagirdari. Administrative system in the Deccan : the Vijayanagara, the Bahamanis and the Marathas; Malik Ambar's Revenue system.
12) Economic Aspects : Agricultural Production, urban centres and population, trade commerce and currency.
Section - D (Marks : 50)
13) Socio - religious movements : Islam in India, the Sufis, the Nath Panthis, the Mahanubhavas, Bhakti movement with special reference to Warkari cult, the teachings of Saints of medieval period.
14) Society : Ruling class, the mercantile and professional classes, major religious groups. Rural Society, Position of Women.
15) Cultural Life :
System of education, literature (Persian, Sanskrit, Regional Languages);
Fine arts - Major schools of painting; Architectural development of North and South India. Indo-Islamic architecture.
16) Successor states of Mughal empire; advent of European powers : Portuguese, Dutch, British and French; their trade rivalry.

 

Paper II

Standard : Degree Total Marks : 200
Nature of Paper : Conventional Type Duration : 3 Hours



Note : 1) Answers to this paper must be written in English only
  2) This paper will test the candidate's ability to comprehend, to analyse, to interpret, to criticise and to appraise subject matter related to the topics/sub- topics mentioned below.
  3) For judging candidates' conceptual understanding, appropriate number of numerical problems will be asked.
  4) It is expected from candidates to study the latest and recent developments and happenings pertaining to the topics/sub- topics mentioned below.



Section - A(Marks : 50)
1) Establishment ofBritish Rule in India : Wars against major Indian powers, Policyof subsidiary alliance, Doctrine ofLapse, Structure of British Raj upto 1857.
2) Resistance to colonialRule : Early uprisings; Causes, nature and impact ofthe Revolt of 1857, Reorganisation of the Raj - 1858 and after.
3) Colonial Economy : British colonialism, Economic impact of British Rule, Tributesystem, Drain of wealth, De-industrialisation, Revenue Settlements(Zamindari, Ryotwari, Mahalwari), Railways, Commercialisation of agriculture,Rural indebtedness, Famines, India as market for British goods, Limited growth of modernindustries.
4) Socio-Cultural Changes: Contacts with Christian Missions, coming ofEnglish education and the Press, Official- social reform measures (1828 to1857).
Socio-religious reform movements : BrahmoSamaj, Prarthana Samaj, Satyashodhak Samaj, Arya Samaj, reform movementsamong the Sikhs and the Muslims, Depressed Classes Mission, Non-Brahminmovement and Justice Party.
Section –B(Marks : 50)
5) Emergence and growthof Indian nationalism :Social background, formation of National Associations, Peasantuprisings, foundation of Indian National Congress, the moderate phase, growthof extremism, Morley-Minto reforms, Home Rule movement, Lucknow pact,Mont-Ford reforms.
6) National movement inGandhi Era : Gandhiji’s leadership and ideology ofresistance, Gandhian mass movements : Khilafat and Non-cooperation, Swarajistpolitics, Civil Disobedience, individual Satyagraha, Quit India movement.
Gandhiji and removal of untouchability.
Dr. B.R.Ambedakar’s approach to problemof untouchability.
Muslim politics and Freedom movement (SirSyed Ahmed Khan and Aligarh movement, Muslim League and Ali Brothers, Iqbal,Jinnah, Unionist Party and Krishak Praja Party).
Politics of Hindu Mahasabha.
Communists and the Indian freedomstruggle, Congress Socialist Party, women in the National movement, States’Peoples' movements.
7) Towards Independenceand Partition : Constitutional progress, Nehru Report,Round Table Conferences, Govt. of India Act of 1935; Congress Ministries,1937-39.
Subhashchandra Bose and Indian NationalArmy, Naval Mutiny, Transfer of power.
8) .01) India after Independence(1947 - 1964) : Consequences of Partition,Rehabilitation work, Integration of Princely states, Indian Constitution,Land reforms, Planning and Industrialisation, Linguistic reorganisation ofstates, Nehru’s Policy of Non-alignment, Relations with neighbouringcountries, India’s role in International Politics.
.02) India after Nehru upto 1984 : Progress inAgriculture, Industry, Education, Science and Technology. Emergence of IndiraGandhi’s Leadership, Liberation of Bangladesh, Non-Alignment under IndiraGandhi, Coalition Governments in States; Students unrest, Jayaprakash Narayanand Emergency; Janata Party rule; Terrorism in the Panjab and Assam, IndiraGandhi’s return to power, her assassination.
Section – C (Marks : 50)
9) Enlightenment and Modernideas : Major Ideas of enlightenment : Kant andRousseau, Rise and growth of Socialist ideas : Robert Owen, St. Simon, KarlMarx – Engels, Lenin, Gramsci.
10) Origins of ModernPolitics :
American Revolution and the Constitution; French Revolution and its aftermath, 1789-1815; British DemocraticPolitics--1815-1850; Parliamentary reforms, Free Traders, Chartists.
11) Industrial revolution in England, U.S.A, Germany, Japan.
Industrialisation in Soviet Union and People’s Republicof China.
12) Revolution and Counter-Revolution.
The Bolshevik revolution, 1917; Fascismand Nazism; The Chinese Revolutions of 1911 and 1949.
Section – D (Marks : 50)
13) World Wars : World War I, causes and consequences; World War II, causes andconsequences.
14) Cold War :
Origins, containment of communism,military pacts. The role of UNO indispute resolution. Emergence andprogress of the Non-aligned movement.
15) Liberation struggles :
.01) Arab World - Arab Nationalism,Arab-Israel conflict, Oil diplomacy.
.02) Africa from apartheid to democracy.
.03) Liberation struggles in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Indonesia.
16) End of Cold War :
.01) Fall of communist regimes in Eastern Europe and USSR.
.02) Disintegration of the Soviet Union.
.03) US ascendance in World Politics.
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